April 2016

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Health Capsule

Sidestep Sports Injuries

Many people seem to be listening to their doctor’s advice to get active to improve their health. Playing sports can be a fun way to start moving. But a downside of getting in the game can be injuries.

Anyone who exercises should pay attention to injury prevention. But some groups are at increased risk for injury. Young athletes, for example, aren’t small adults. Their bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments are still growing. That makes them more prone to injury.

Sports-related injuries can range from scrapes and bruises to serious brain and spinal cord injuries. The most common for kids are sprains and strains, repetitive-motion injuries, and heat-related illnesses.  Learn more about children and sports injuries at Ana’s story and La historia de Ana, a bilingual fotonovela.